A Fish Dish Or Two for Lent

  Thanks for all your support and prayers, we are working hard to maintain a healthy, happy tone of the home, so Papa has a good life here on Earth for his remaining days.  The hardest part about watching a loved one decline, is not knowing WHEN they are going.  It’s like we are all tiptoeing around waiting for it to happen, yet avoiding that thought, so we can enjoy the here and now.

  I want him here with us, but not like this, so then I want him to go, but not really, because we will miss him.  It’s an emotional mess!  Anyhow, thank you.

On to the food, I am not cooking right now, there just isn’t time for much, so I am sharing a Fish Dish or two to help you be creative if you gave up meat for lent.  These both have been blogged before, so just click on the link to be taken to the original post.

  Cook Once, Eat Twice: Tilapia


  First up is Parmesan Tilapia, night 2, Tilapia Corn & Potato Chowder. YUM!

Cilantro Salmon


Eating fish does NOT have to be boring…..



Cook Once, Eat Twice: Tilapia Edition

  I was raised in a “Waste Not, Want Not” Home.  We ate leftovers until they were gone, like it or not.

   The kids and I usually eat supper leftovers for lunch, or if there is a lot leftover, we have it for supper again a few days later.  Something I am always on a look out for, are recipes whose leftovers can be repurposed.

  Like the time I cooked 1 Pot roast and made 2 different dinners with it:

Cook Once, Eat Twice; pot roast

  You can head over to my friend, Mrs. Bakers site today, to find these yummy recipes.  She has allowed me to guest post over there and that is what I am sharing: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza & Texas Cowboy Pie! YUM!

 We will be doing this SAME CONCEPT over here, except with Tilapia. 

Yes, Tilapia is fish.

Don’t say Ew, it’s really good! 

  Tilapia is very light and buttery, not fishy at all, and you will be delighted to know, we will be smothering it in butter and cheese today. 


  This recipe got 6, 5 star ratings after I shared it on Tasty Kitchen, so don’t be scared, lots of people have gone before you and liked it!  🙂

Parmesan Tilapia

(Click title to be taken to TK to print)



  • ½ cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise Or Miracle Whip
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¼ teaspoons Basil
  • ¼ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoons Onion Salt
  • 2 pounds Tilapia

Mix ingredients (except fish) together; set aside.

Grease pan and evenly space the fish. Broil on the top rack for 2-3 minutes. Flip, repeat, and broil 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Spread the top side of fish with the butter mixture. Broil 2 more minutes or until golden brown. Serve fish with pan drippings.

   We like to serve this with Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice and steamed broccoli.

  Now for us, there was not enough left for day two, but remember, we have 6 hungry mouths to feed.  This is why I will always double the above recipe.  The kids devour this so why not make a bunch!?

  Here is what I have planned for day 2:

Tilapia Corn & Potato Chowder

{this recipe adapted from Mother Thyme}



  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Pressed
  • 1 small Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 Red Pepper, Diced
  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 cans (15 Ounces each) of Corn
  • 3 cups cubed Potatoes, Skins On
  • 3 oz package of Pre-cooked Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese, like Cheddar or Colby Jack
  • Leftover Parmesan Tilapia, warmed

  Melt butter in your soup pot over medium heat. Add in garlic, onion and pepper and cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Add in flour and stir until combined. Slowly add in half and half, stirring well after each addition, making sure it’s thick before adding more.  Then gradually add in chicken broth. Stir in corn, potatoes, bacon, and seasonings.  Cook, stirring occasionally until potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes.

When potatoes are tender, add cheddar cheese into the soup and stir until cheese is melted.  Pour desired amount of soup into bowls and top with shredded tilapia.



Be brave, try the fish!

You can thank me later….. tee-hee.  🙂

Head on over to see Mrs. Baker’s site, and check out the original Cook Once, Eat Twice: Pot Roast Edition…..


Picnik collage fish


Fish, Fish & More Fish

I wanted the title to look like this:

<º))))><, <º))))>< & More <º))))><

Get it?!

{pats self on back}

Fish <º))))><,  Fish <º))))>< & More Fish <º))))><

But, WordPress wouldn’t let me do symbols for a title, Meanies!

I was pretty darn proud of myself for thinking of it.  In FACT, I may or may not be a Closet Genius.  Well that, or it’s 11:14 pm and I may or may not be a bit delirious with lack of sleep from an uber-busy wedding weekend!  (I was asked to plan, set up, coordinate and photograph a wedding for a friend from church & his bride from Thailand.)

  The wedding went great, thanks for asking. I was thankful for my 2 momma’s help: Mom and Mom in Law.  I couldn’t have done it without them! Oh and I was thankful for Dale coming with the kids, to help tear down while I did the after-wedding photo shoot.  Running around being photographer but still trying to run the show was hard work!  I have 700+ photos to edit, but hope to get them done, and share them with you this week sometime.  Thanks for your prayers!!!! 🙂  And A HUGE thank you to Lenatte, who swooped in with her stylish basket full of floral gear to redo some ugly flower arrangements after my panicked phone call.  BLESS YOU, friend!!!!!!!

Goin’ Fishin’:


  Tylan decided he needed to practice his cast during nap time the other day, so he could be ready when Daddy takes him fishing. 


He got pretty good, casting all the way to the front porch from our picnic table, er, I mean, his boat.  He is SO excited to show Daddy!


  Fisher of Men:


  I am so proud to be part of a church so involved in community outreach.  Did you know that our church offered free tickets to the State Fair to the community?!  All they asked in return, was that if you accepted a ticket, you’d attend a 10 am service at an arena within the Fair grounds.  Seriously!

  Our church building was empty on Sunday, because we all went to the State Fair to worship.



It was AMAZING!  Rainy, but amazing. To see people pouring in as the rains poured down, incredible!  To see Fair workers there with hands raised in worship, awesome!


  Mark 16:15 “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’”



Oh, & praise the Lord, if they didn’t have some smokin’ HOT ushers there: 



{He’s taken!}

Here are some photos of the rest of the day:



There is a different Butter sculpture every year, this year was apparently a monkey riding a sheep.  We Kansans are easily amused.  🙂


Lunch was GOOOOOD!


  Check out this booth we found at the fair!!


Free, personalized, John 3:16 Horseshoes.  While you wait, they share the good news of Jesus Christ. They told us that 90 have come to know Jesus through this ministry at the 2011 Ks State Fair.

Praise the Lord!


  In going with the fish theme, it’s only right that I share a Salmon recipe with you today before I go……

It is decadent, rich and delicious!

Orange Cilantro Glazed Salmon



  • 4 whole Salmon Fillets
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 4-½ teaspoons Finely Chopped Red Onion
  • 4-½ teaspoons Lime Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder (I Did Half As Much)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey Dijon Mustard
  • ½ cups Italian Salad Dressing
  • 4 teaspoons Minced Fresh Cilantro
  • Salt And Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Place orange juice in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, cooking until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup. Cool slightly.
In a small bowl, whisk together onion, cilantro, lime juice, seasonings and mustard.
Season fillets with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook filets for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
Remove fillets to baking pan. Brush generously with orange mixture and bake at 400* for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Matthew 4:19 “”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”


This post linked to:

Wonka Wednesday at Hugs & Cookies

This Chick Cooks

Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday